The Taborian Center for International Health Education and Research

The Taborian Center for International Health Education and Research, located in the restored historic Taborian Hospital building in Mound Bayou, Mississippi provides educational opportunities in international health for minority students and conducts research on the impact on chronic diseases and social determinants of health by community health workers.

Member profile

The community, in partnership with the City of Mound Bayou, Mississippi, established the Taborian Center as a non-profit, charitable corporation. The Center’s location, the Taborian Hospital building, played an important role as one of only two facilities that, beginning in the 1940s, provided medical care to impoverished African Americans living in the Mississippi Delta region. The Taborian Hospital also was the first hospital in the United States to have an all-black medical staff.

The Taborian Center continues that pioneering work by providing minority students in the region with educational opportunities to facilitate a career track in public and international health. It also promotes international research and educational exchanges with international universities and health organizations to provide its students with opportunities to learn from public health experts in other countries faced with similar developing nation health disparities similar to those found in the Mississippi Delta region.

Main activities

The Taborian Center for International Health and Education offers distance-learning resources for students and the community to learn about public health and related topics. The Center also offers training to become community heath workers, with opportunities to initially work in the Taborian’s three-tier, primary health care demonstration project adapted from the WHO’s integrated delivery network model and empirically-proven systems in the Middle East and South America.

Links to the health workforce crisis

The Taborian Center for International Health Education and Research projects and activities all intend to expand the existing public health workforce, in particular for impoverished rural areas currently without health care personnel. Educational opportunities in health are extremely limited for young people living in the region, and this provides them with the resources needed to enter a profession that has a critical shortage of trained personnel, especially in primary and preventive care.

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The Taborian Center for International Health Education and Research